Fattoush I Recipe: Flavorful Lebanese Vegan Salad

Fattoush I

Fattoush I Recipe: Flavorful Lebanese Vegan Salad
Region / culture: Lebanon | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 8 minutes | Servings: 4 | Vegan diet


Fattoush I
Fattoush I

Fattoush is a traditional Middle Eastern salad that is known for its fresh and vibrant flavors. This salad is a perfect combination of crunchy vegetables, herbs, and toasted pita bread, all tossed in a tangy and refreshing dressing.


Fattoush has been a popular dish in Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries. It is believed to have originated in Lebanon and Syria, where it was created as a way to use up stale bread. The word "fattoush" actually means "crumbled bread" in Arabic, which refers to the toasted pita bread that is a key ingredient in this salad.



How to prepare

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Cut the pita bread in half and separate the layers. Lightly spray with nonfat cooking spray, then place on a baking sheet and bake for about 7 – 8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and break the bread into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the romaine, cucumber, tomatoes, parsley, and mint. Lightly toss to mix. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss until well-coated. Add the bread pieces and toss until combined. Serve.


  • Add grilled chicken or shrimp for a protein boost.
  • Swap out the pita bread for toasted flatbread or croutons.
  • Add feta cheese or olives for a Mediterranean twist.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to toast the pita bread until it is golden brown and crispy. This will add a nice crunch to the salad.

- For a more authentic flavor, use fresh herbs like parsley and mint.

- Feel free to customize the salad by adding other vegetables like bell peppers, radishes, or red onions.

Serving Suggestions

Fattoush is delicious on its own as a light and refreshing meal. It can also be served as a side dish alongside grilled meats or kebabs.

Cooking Techniques

Toasting the pita bread adds a nice crunch to the salad. Make sure to keep an eye on it in the oven to prevent burning.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have fresh herbs, you can use dried herbs instead. Just use half the amount called for in the recipe.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the dressing and chop the vegetables ahead of time, but wait to add the dressing and bread until just before serving to prevent the salad from getting soggy.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the fattoush in a large salad bowl or on individual plates. Garnish with extra herbs or a sprinkle of sumac for a pop of color.

Pairing Recommendations

Fattoush pairs well with grilled meats, kebabs, or falafel. It also goes well with hummus and tzatziki for a complete Middle Eastern meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Fattoush is best enjoyed fresh, but any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The pita bread may lose its crunchiness, so you may want to toast it again before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 250 per serving


Carbohydrates: 25g per serving


Total Fat: 14g per serving

Saturated Fat: 2g per serving


Protein: 4g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin A: 45% of daily value per serving

Vitamin C: 60% of daily value per serving


Contains wheat (pita bread)


Fattoush is a nutritious salad that is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is a great source of fiber and antioxidants, making it a healthy addition to any meal.


Fattoush is a delicious and nutritious Middle Eastern salad that is perfect for a light and refreshing meal. With its crunchy vegetables, herbs, and tangy dressing, it is sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the excitement that washed over me when I first saw this recipe for Fattoush. It was a warm summer day, and I had just finished helping my neighbor harvest her garden. As a thank you, she invited me into her kitchen for a refreshing snack. Little did I know, that snack would change my life forever.

As I sat at her kitchen table, she started chopping up cucumbers, tomatoes, and parsley. The vibrant colors and fresh scents wafted through the air, making my mouth water. I asked her what she was making, and she replied with a smile, "Fattoush, a traditional Middle Eastern salad."

Intrigued, I watched as she toasted pieces of pita bread until they were crispy and golden brown. She then crumbled them into the salad, adding a delightful crunch. A simple dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, and sumac brought all the flavors together, creating a dish that was light, tangy, and utterly delicious.

I asked her for the recipe, eager to recreate this delectable salad in my own kitchen. She handed me a worn piece of paper with faded writing, explaining that she had learned to make Fattoush from her grandmother, who had learned it from her grandmother before her. The recipe had been passed down through generations, each cook adding their own touch to make it their own.

I couldn't wait to get home and try my hand at making Fattoush. I gathered the ingredients I needed, including fresh vegetables from my own garden and a few spices that I had to pick up from the store. As I chopped, toasted, and mixed, I felt a sense of connection to my neighbor and her ancestors, who had lovingly prepared this dish for their families for centuries.

When I finally took my first bite of the finished Fattoush, I was transported back to that warm summer day in my neighbor's kitchen. The flavors were bright and zesty, the textures crisp and satisfying. I knew that this recipe would become a staple in my own cooking repertoire, a dish that I would pass down to my own grandchildren one day.

Over the years, I have made Fattoush countless times, each batch a little different from the last. Sometimes I add extra herbs or a sprinkle of feta cheese for a creamy touch. Other times, I swap out the pita bread for crunchy croutons or even add grilled chicken for a heartier meal.

No matter how I choose to make it, Fattoush always brings me joy and a sense of connection to the past. It reminds me of the power of food to bring people together, to bridge cultural divides, and to create lasting memories.

As I sit here now, writing down this recipe for Fattoush, I can't help but feel grateful for the chance encounter that led me to discover it. I hope that whoever reads these words will be inspired to try making Fattoush for themselves, to taste a little piece of history and tradition in every bite. And who knows, maybe one day they will pass it on to their own loved ones, creating new memories and connections that will last for generations to come.


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